Saturday, 28 February 2015

Noah's Nursery


It's really not like me to go over a month without a blog post. Did you wonder where I had gone? Apologies, but as I find myself increasingly saying, there's too much to do and so little time! I have been pushing myself a little harder than usual and I'm single-handedly decorating the house from top to bottom. That's not a dig at my husband. Someone has to watch the kids as the other gets this house sorted! You couldn't take your eye off Wreck it Ralph (AKA Noah) for a second.

Bench - Homemade    /    Amazon Round Retro Shelves £29.90   / Ikea Tarva Chest of Drawers £125


Most first time parents, upon learning of babies impending arrival start thinking about what baby needs. That includes a nursery, and we were no different. We had Jack's room sitting ready for him before he was even born. And then we didn't even enter it for over 6 months as he shared a cot by our bed. This time around we were too laid back. 'Sure he'll be in our room for 6 months plus anyway' says we. Correct - but that 6 months went by in the blink of an eye. It turned into 8 months. 8 months of co-sleeping no less.


Co-sleeping and breast feeding go hand in hand, and it was a blissful arrangement for Noah and I. He loved it, I loved it, and it was just the most wonderful few months. I guess the constant supply of milk did him some good as he is now one hefty chappy . So 6 months in co-sleeping wasn't so enjoyable anymore. He kicked and complained all night long. I was waking up with a sore back from the positions I had to adopt to let him suckle. And so I decided it was time to get our spare room converted into a room for Noah. Problem was, I was convinced I'd spoiled him. The boy wouldn't ever sleep for longer than 20 minutes without me. I was worried I would have to co-sleep for years. If that isn't the motivation one needs to spend every spare moment making a sweet and homey environment for the littlest to bed down, I don't know what is. 


Off to Ikea I did go. When you're decorating on a budget it's a necessary evil. But I happen to like Ikea. I spent the next week slowly erecting flat pack furniture. (Read: Jack's at nursery and Noah is napping, which means quietly trying to hammer tacks... Will Noah just sit and eat this rusk whilst I get step 34 through 37 done... Oh no I've put these on up-side-down and now I need to go back 15 steps...) I don't think there is anything more satisfying than when you finally have a fully functional piece of furniture you made with your own two hands.
                               


One of the lovely things about blogging is sometimes you get to feature some beautiful items from the nicest companies and I've got some sponsors to introduce you to. They sent some gorgeous items for Noah's new nursery, and if you see anything you like, I even have some discount codes for you!


A Little Bird Told Me generously sent along this darling rocking sheep. Can you believe Noah has mastered this at only 8 months? He can even carefully slide himself off Lambert's back so he falls gently to the floor on his bum! It is so sweet sitting in the nursery, with his wee soft woolly body. Check out the website to have a look at Lambert, and some other beautiful nursery items, and if you see something you like, A Little Bird Told Me is kindly giving my readers 20% off an order with the code PAPERMOON.

Rabbit Bookends - Vintage    /      Wood Panel Photo Frame - TK Maxx


I had a little space just beside the radiator. Between the cot and the chest of drawers. What I really needed was a small bench to perch on and settle Noah through the bars of the cot. I asked my clever Pappy Jack to build me a bench to these specifications and he did. I love it. I painted it to match the nursery. 


Olli Ella, who specialise in stylish nursery furnishings sent the amazing Felt Leaf Garland that hangs above the cot, along with The Places You Will go print. Have you ever read the Dr. Seuss book 'Oh the Places you'll go'? It is my all time favorite kids book, full of wisdom far beyond what any child can comprehend. But it reads beautifully, and I could just read it to Jack again and again. This print reminds me of the positive messages and home truths in the book, and is super sweet hanging in the new nursery.

Olli Ella are kindly offering my readers 10% off an order. Just email your order directly to hello@olliella.com and mention this post.




Sass and Belle Cowboy and Indian Hooks



Dotcomgiftshop Toadstool Nightlight £3.95    /     Long Story Co Samuel Sailor Plush

Dotcomgiftshop were sweet enough to send the funky 70s framed Alphabet Wall Poster which, I think, injects some colour into the nursery. Noah is too young to appreciate it, but Jack has certainly read over it a few times. The Rabbit and Toadstool nightlights are also available here, and they look particularly stunning all lit up inside our circular shelves.


You may have noticed a bunny theme throughout the photos? These adorable Rabbit Wall Stickers (in duck egg blue and green) are from Koko Kids. I'm in love with these! They are so subtle, almost like shadows. Amazingly, they can be re-positioned as and when you like. Believe me, I can vouch for this. I had a lot of fun figuring out where to put these, changing my mind, and putting them somewhere else. I have dotted them around the room. Some are nestled in corners, we have a couple nuzzling on the skirting boards, and we even have one jumping over a shelf. 

Koko Kids is giving you 20% discount on an order with the code KOKO.


Shanna Murray Be Brave Wall Decal $15    /     Long Story Co Garry Guardsman Plush    /    Mirror TK Maxx

Long Story Co sent along these silk-screen printed plush goodies, Garry Guardsman and Samuel Sailor. They're so pretty sitting about the nursery. 

To finish off I couldn't resist these amazing Be Brave and Be Kind wall decals from Shanna Murray Illustrated. I'd be a happy mama if my boys grew up having learned that these are rules to live by.

Shanna Murray Be Kind Wall Decal $15     /     Vintage Noah's Ark set





So, to sum up the story of Noah's new nursery, Noah has made the successful at transition from co-sleeper to Mr Independent. And despite my concerns, he has not been traumatized! In fact, I think we are both loving having our own space. Noah will now happily nap in his cot during the day, and he will go for hours at night. I'm not saying he goes all night. I'm still up once or twice to comfort him or give him a little feed. But I notice the stretches are getting longer and longer. My husband and I are loving the extra time together in the evenings, and I'm so relieved the change hasn't upset the babby too much. I'll always treasure those 8 months of sharing a bed with this rascal, but it's time for the next chapter, and I hope little mister enjoys his new nursery.

Thank you so much to all my sponsors that provided such lovely items, and to those who are giving my readers discount codes. You're all so fab. Mwah!

Finally, here's what we've been getting up to!

1. The 5 of us
2. Teaching fart noises
3. Snowday
4. Minding Tilly the Hamster for the weekend
5. Read to me
6. Webbed Bananas
7. Feeding Fred and Ted the Donkeys
8. Longer days mean evening walks

43 comments:

  1. Fab post Cathy. Love your style as always!

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    1. Thanks Crona! I didn't know you had a blog. I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to seeing more. X

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  2. What a gorgeous room, I love the rabbits and the round shelves. So true that you can make a nice room on a small budget, lots of our nursery furniture is from IKEA or second hand xx

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    1. Thanks Polly! It's our box room too, which helped keep costs down! It didn't take much furniture to fill it! Second hand is the way to go! X

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  3. What a gorgeous nursery, I love everything! off to buy the framed ABC print!
    Becky xx

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    1. You won't be disappointed! Enjoy! Thanks for your lovely comment. X

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  4. What a really beautiful and relaxing looking room

    Thank you for linking up

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  5. Looks like a fabulous room to me, Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill

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  6. LOVE the pics! What a lovely room for him x

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  7. These are some really gorgeous pieces and lovely photos.

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  8. Aww I would want to sleep in that room! So pretty and comfy! #mysundayphoto

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  9. Hello there what a beautiful room! I especially like the rabbit light and vintage Etsy transfers-just lovely, well done for all your hard work! x #magicmoments

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  10. What a beautiful baby and fab room. It looks very calm and clean lovely

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  11. What a wonderful baby room for your little one! I love the sheep rocker, and it looks like your little guy loves it as well. It's such a perfect item to grow with him and with the added cute factor to boast! The garland and the print are also perfectly integrated! My daughter loves Dr. Seuss, so I will definitely be perusing through Olli Ella's site for more! Thank you for sharing this beautiful space :)

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  12. I love everything about this post! your photography and styling is beautiful! I've been meaning to email you back, will do! lovely and your boys are so cute!! xx

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  13. Wow, when can I move it?? I sleep through I promise :) His room looks amazing!!

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  14. oh. my. goodness! This is the most precious little nursery I have ever seen! I don't have children yet but, this is definitely the type of nursery I see them having! The "oh the places you'll go" whale photo is precious! Have a great week!
    Sarah
    coffeeandglitter14.blogspot.com

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  15. I am in LOVE with Noah's nursery. All of the finishing touches are gorgeous. #TWTWC

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  16. What a gorgeous nursery- I love all the little details. x

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  17. Such an amazing nursery! I love the little details hidden throughout!! Stopping by from Mingle Monday Link up.

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  18. What a gorgeous nursery!!! Everything is stunning! We're moving next month and I can't wait to get stuck into the decorating!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xx

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    1. Good luck with the move! Decorating with kids is not easy, but hope you enjoy the challenge. Thanks for your comment. X

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  19. What a beautiful blog! Thank you for featuring our hooks, we are pleased that you love them as much as we do :)
    Don't forget to keep checking out our latest kid's products at www.sassandbelle.co.uk.x

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  20. nice room!
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  21. Your baby is growing so, I have never seen a rocking lamb before, how darling!

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  22. Co-sleeping worked for us too until my daughter wanted to take up the whole bed! Love Noah's nursery! x

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  23. Lovely Nursery, you have done a great job with it. You little baby is not so little anymore.

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  24. Can you come decorate my kids' bedrooms for me? Pretty please? This is just so beautiful!

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  25. What an absolutely beautiful nursery. Great job Cathy. Jack is so clever on the rocking sheep so early. You have an amazing talent for interiors and a fantastic eye. Great post x

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  26. Beautiful! Such a lovely nursery.
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  27. He has a wonderful nursery! I'm glad the transition went well!

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  28. What a beautiful, beautiful room and such gorgeous light-filled images! I am still co-sleeping with my 2 year old (who is also breastfeeding). It's a long road but a lovely one. Love your blog!

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  29. Oh, how I love nurseries, and this one is JUST. SO. GREAT! Thanks for linking up at The Creative Circle! I hope you'll join us for the party again this week!

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  30. Wow, Noah's nursery looks awesome! You did such a fab job! :)

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  31. I think this is the most beautiful nursery I have ever laid eyes on.I really love the dresser in the raw wood and I love the circle shelves.

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  32. The nursery is adorable. And I love the feather garland you decorated with.

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  33. Simply adorable! Love the rocking sheep!!! Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, please visit us again next week!

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  34. What a beautiful room. Looks so peaceful and very tidy ;) #magicmoments

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  35. Such gorgeous pictures... Noah's nursery is just so cute! (As is he!) I also have a little guy called Noah who is 8 months! Another Wreck it Ralph! I found your post through Little Things Thursday linkup! I will definitely follow along with your adventures!
    I am at : http://labellavida.net

    Joanne

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